Story: Acclimatisation

Cat and kittens (2nd of 4)

Cat and kittens

A Māori woman holds a cat while its kittens play on her dress, around 1909. Domestic animals such as cats were introduced by Europeans in the late 1700s but there is little evidence of them establishing feral populations before the 1830s. Many common animals had already been introduced by settlers well before acclimatisation societies were set up in the 1860s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William Archer Price Collection (PAColl-3057)
Reference: 1/2-001534; G
Photograph by William Archer Price

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Carl Walrond, 'Acclimatisation - Improving upon nature', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008